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- Print Length: 381 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press (September 5, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 5, 2017
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M716DW3
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Secrets in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel (In Death, Book 45) Kindle Edition
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Now Eve has to find out who killed a person that she really disliked. Just a little investigation shows that Mars was a blackmailer and her pool of victims is huge. Lots of people were willing to pay to keep their secrets hidden. As the investigation continues, it is Mars' victims who garner sympathy from Eve. Some of their secrets bring back memories of Eve's own childhood abuse and show that she is coming to terms with her own troubled past. Eve becomes even more angry at Larinda Mars when she learns that she, Roarke, Mavis, Leonardo and their infant Bella, along with Nadine Furst have also been targets in Mars' blackmail scheme.
And Mars had secrets of her own that she jealously guarded. The autopsy reveals that she had extensive face and body work which sends Eve, with the assistance of forensic anthropologist Dr. Garnet DeWinter, on a quest to find out who she was before she reinvented herself as Larinda Mars. And, while her home has some records and some of her loot, Eve and Roarke are trying to find the rest of her records to know the full scope of people that Mars had blackmailed or investigated.
This was another excellent entry into one of my favorite series. Book 45 shows that Eve and Roarke have not worn out their welcome with me and leaves me eager for their next mystery.
While these books make great stand-alone novels I recommend starting from book one for maximum enjoyment. You'll better understand Eve's growth as well as the evolution between her and the other characters. You also better appreciate the inside jokes and subtle nuances a la Eve's penchant for destroying/dissecting idioms and losing her gloves, her weird dreams, Roarke in his conquer-the-world suits, Nadine's donut bribes and especially the mysterious candy thief (I'm dying to know who it is).
Overall, a decidedly fun, engaging read. Only 135 days until the next installment. But, hey, who's counting?!
Roark finally finds out who killed his father in a Dublin alley, and that long awaited reveal could and should have elicited much more emotion and dialogue than Nora accords it. It is though she threw that information in just to juice up a lagging story, but it doesn't work, because of the way she presents it, and one wonders why Roark didn't suspect the truth all along.
I gave this book three stars only because I have enjoyed the series for years, and am hoping the next book will be better. I would rather Nora write only one book in the series a year than rush out several that are sub-par. She can do so, so much better.
As for the story it self i had to push through this novel. it took me a long to read it ... in fact I ended up starting and finishing three other novels before picking this one back up. Most of the novel was taken up with the mystery of who the victim actually was to end up as a dead end that had no effect on the plot.
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Secrets In Death begins with Eve Dallas witnessing the death by stabbing of a notorious gossip queen/radio/TV star, Larinda Mars. It soon becomes clear that not satisfied with her day job, Larinda has taken to doing a bit of blackmailing on the side. Now Eve must sift through the woman's life to find out who her victims were and which of them took their revenge.
With the familiar cast of characters, Robb's In Death series never fails to amuse. Her witty characterization and solid plots make this series light reading with a heartfelt emphasis on empathy and love. I whizzed through the book in a couple of days. Definitely recommended.
So, just for a bit of light relief, I'd like to share with you my Stocking Fillers list from Eve Dallas' New York
1/ Roarke (Who wouldn't want a Roarke in their lives?)
2/ Somersby (a live in tactful and loyal butler who can cook and is would save the need for a burglar alarm as he's handy in a tight corner)
3/ Eve Dallas' long, leather coat (but in Peabody's pink)
It's always interesting to see Eve work a case for a victim she doesn't like, she has such a strong moral code that even when the victim brought their death upon themselves she will stand up and get justice for them. This case throws up some surprising emotions from Eve though, partly about her own past but also to do with her relationship with Summerset which I found really interesting. We actually get a huge revelation about him in this book and I loved the way Eve and Roarke handled it. I absolutely love Roarke, he and Eve are right up there as one of my favourite fiction couples ever and their relationship is totally swoonworthy.
All my favourite side characters put in an appearance and as usual there are some fun scenes with Eve and Peabody. I'd actually like a bit more of Peabody and McNab (wouldn't it be amazing to get a book or two that focused mainly on them!) but I'm happy with where they're both at. The mystery side was more slow build in this book but it was nice to see Eve not quite as stressed as she often ends up getting mid case. There weren't multiple bodies piling up so there was less urgency in tracking down the killer, of course you know all along that Eve will catch her target but she's not racing against time trying to save other potential victims.
I'm still totally hooked on this series and ready to dive straight into the next book!
Forty-five books down the line and and I am still buying the In Death series books. Shouldn’t it have waned by now? But the thing is, I still look forward to it every year. I like the way their lives evolved and its like meeting old friends again. Once a year. A lot of the scenes are unrealistic of course, something that would only happen in a book but never in real life, so why is it so easy to suspend disbelief? The only answer I could find to that, is that the author has a way of telling things and weaving a story that makes it easy for readers to believe in it. It’s masterful story telling quality! And that probably also explains the staying power of this series. However, this particular book seems to have a… just slightly…
a tiny tinee… predictable villain. Or maybe I am just reading too many In Death books…
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 4
Writing Style = 5
Ending = 5
World building = 5
Cover art = 4
Pace = (13 hrs & 2 mins listening time)
Plot = 4.5
Narration = 4.5
Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Yet another fantastic book in this series. Each one different even though there are now dozens of them. Dallas and Roarke are so 'right'.
What on earth do I read now?
Also, we see a softer side to Dallas, showing how much she values friends and close acquaintances.
Dallas will always be a cop down to the bone but in this book we see her giving consideration to the reasons that people kill.
A great continuation of the series. Roll on the next one!